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Great food worth driving to Berkeley for - Oakland
Great food worth driving to Berkeley for

If you're going to be in East Bay and you like good cuisine, head for Berkeley.
Chez Panisse is the world reknowned Alice Waters restaurant in Berkeley.

Expensive but worth it. Make SURE you have a reservation, even for the Café.

A typical menu entry below (try not to drool..):

Wednesday, March 9 $65

Roasted line-caught striped bass with black olives and fennel oil
Potato cream soup with California caviar and fried leeks
Grilled duck breast with kumquat and tangelo sauce; white and green asparagus
ragoût with wild mushrooms and green garlic
Bittersweet, white, and milk chocolate ice creams with orange-almond tuiles

All the ingredients are the freshest, cleanest produce and protein available in Northern California. Alice Waters is in my opinion the Mother Theresa of good cuisine.

1517 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, California 94709 right smack in the middle of Berkeley, but a little "off the path" for Oakland.

More than a restarant, it is an experience.

And don't forget to buy (and if you are lucky, have Alice sign) one of the excellent David Lance Goines posters.

Phone: Café(510) 548-5049,Rest-548-5525

Website: http://www.chezpanisse.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 23, 2005
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"Bonasera... Bonasera... " - Oakland

"Bonasera... Bonasera... "

Take 29 up into Napa and do some wine tasting

Not really off the beaten path, but I really enjoyed a day of driving north from Oakland up through Napa Valley and on towards Mendocino.

I always take I80 North to Hwy 29 at Vallejo, then north on 29 through Napa and Rutherford, then west on 175 over to Fetzer Vineyard. 101 then gets you back down through Petaluma, Golden Gate and over the bay bridge to Oakland again.
It is a beautiful drive.

Locals will laugh as they know better places, but as a tourist I always stop at Niebaum-Coppola (used to be Inglenook) in Rutherford, then at Fetzer in Hopland and buy some Reserve.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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